• Paula Swedeen, a forest policy specialist for the Washington Environmental Council, poses for a photo as she walks through forest land adjacent to Mount Rainier National Park on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, near Ashford, Wash. The land is part of a new project of 520 acres on private timberland that allows the private nonprofit Nisqually Land Trust to sell so-called "carbon credits" to individuals and companies - including Microsoft Corp. - who are hoping to offset their carbon footprints. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades

    SEATTLE (AP) — Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier faced clear-cutting before an effort in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to help finance the project to offset its carbon footprint.

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  • A laborer walks past piping at a desalination test facility on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Authorities took journalists on a tour of the facility to show ways the United Arab Emirates, which relies heavily on desalinated seawater for its drinking water, is trying to make the process more environmentally friendly. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Parched Emirates relies on sea as groundwater runs out

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As skyscrapers and gleaming towers rose with lightning speed across the United Arab Emirates over the past two decades, the Gulf nation’s thirst for water grew at an enormous rate — so much so that today, it threatens to dry up all of the country’s groundwater in as little as 15 years, experts say.

  • In this July 31, 2015 file photo, two rattlesnakes hide in a crack in a rock at an undisclosed location in western Rutland County, Vt. Jeffrey Lorch, a microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisc., said in a paper published Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, that he has identified the fungus that has been infecting some snake species in the eastern United States. Vermont's small population of rattlesnakes is being threatened by the fungus that was first observed by scientists a few years earlier. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

    Scientists: Fungus causes snake ailment, but reason elusive

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A fungus has been identified as the cause of a mysterious ailment that has been infecting some snake species in the eastern United States, threatening some isolated snake populations such as the timber rattlesnakes found in western Vermont.

  • New Mexico seeks comments on jet fuel cleanup plan

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has drafted a plan for 2016 that will guide cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

  • Matthias Mueller,  Volkswagen AG CEO, speaks during a news conference in Wolfsburg, Germany, Friday Nov. 20, 2015. Volkswagen CEO Michael Mueller says the company's board has decided to reduce capital expenditures by 1 billion euros (US $1.07 billion) in 2016 as it deals with the fallout of its emissions-rigging scandal. Mueller said Friday after a meeting of the board at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, German, that the cuts would bring capital expenditure down to 12 billion euros next year. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

    Volkswagen cutting investments, to present US engine fixes

    WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen will cut its spending by 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) next year and “strictly prioritize” investments as it shores up its finances to deal with its emissions-rigging scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday after a board meeting.

  • Navajo Nation investigating poaching of 8 raptors

    TOHATCHI, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials are investigating the deaths of eight predatory birds that were shot and dumped on the outskirts of Tohatchi (toe-HATCH’-ee).

  • New Mexico Game Commission delays decision on wolf permit

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The State Game Commission has decided to delay a decision on an appeal that would allow endangered Mexican gray wolves to be kept at Ted Turner’s ranch in southern New Mexico.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for a town hall event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. President Obama is in Malaysia where he will join leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Economic union, sea row and terrorism top SE Asia summit

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s leader on Saturday denounced the Islamic State as an “evil” terrorist group, saying his Muslim-majority country is ready to join others to defeat it while cautioning that a military solution alone was not enough.

  • In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, the logo of Volkswagen at a car is photographed during the Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany.  VW has until Friday, Nov. 20, 2015  to submit a draft plan to fix four-cylinder diesels to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, the two agencies that forced the German automaker to admit to the cheating. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

    VW has only a few costly options to fix polluting diesels

    DETROIT (AP) — When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.

  • New Mexico Latinos urged to conserve energy consumption

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group is urging New Mexico Hispanic families to conserve energy consumption over the holidays.